Posted: Jan 10, 2018
4th Wall Theatre Company is accepting resumes and cover letters for its search for a Managing Director for the company. Job description details are below.
Please send your resume and cover letter to Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl at email@example.com and Philiplehl@hotmail.com.
4th Wall Theatre is a professional, not-for-profit, Equity theatre, producing in a 99-seat converted black box in Houston’s historic First Ward.
FY2017’s annual operating budget was $243,000; it is projected at $421,000 in FY2019. 4th Wall’s annual program includes four main stage productions.
Currently 4th Wall is run entirely by the Founding/Artistic Directors, Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl, with consulting and contract help in bookkeeping and marketing.
Our mission is “to develop and support theatrical artists by aiming to pay a living wage, in order to grow and sustain the community of professional theatrical artists in Houston, TX; and to develop and promote the highest aesthetic of acting that is truthful, by producing exciting, cutting-edge, live theatre.”
4th Wall boasts a growing subscriber base, and has received numerous local theatre awards and nominations. We are firmly rooted in our community and consider our relationship with our patrons personal and intimate. We seek to bring the audience into the theatrical experience with “Extraordinary Performances. Up Close.”
The Managing Director has overall responsibility for financial planning, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, accounting, human resources, community relations, strategic planning, and board relations. The MD works as part of a highly collaborative three-member team that includes the Founding/Artistic Directors, and will report directly to the Board of Directors. The MD is responsible for the growth and financial sustainability of 4th Wall, and must embrace an integrated and innovative artistic and business focus. 4th Wall Theatre has undergone tremendous growth in the past seven years; the new Managing Director will both manage this growth and build upon it, implementing a new development strategy, and creating and implementing a new strategic plan.
QUALITIES AND SKILLS
The Managing Director will excel at strategic thinking while managing the big picture and paying close attention to details. The Managing Director should be a team player, helping to motivate colleagues, patrons and the community around the institution’s mission, vision, and goals. The selected individual will have a proven track record and possess exceptional organizational, fundraising, management and communication skills. The MD should have a desire to work in close contact with internal stakeholders.
The selected candidate should also demonstrate the following competencies:
• Ability to talk shop at the highest artistic levels. The right MD for 4th Wall is able to respond to artistic work, and understand how business decisions affect art.
• Master fundraiser – Demonstrated ability identifying, cultivating, and stewarding major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
• Audience Development – Deep understanding of audience development, subscription strategies, and social media that go far beyond the basics.
• Leadership/Interpersonal Skills – Takes interest in, shows loyalty for, and has positive expectations of others. Delegates responsibilities and involves others in decision-making.
The successful candidate will have a minimum 5 years of senior management experience, particularly in maximizing revenue and mobilizing human and financial resources. Qualified applicants will have an advanced degree in Arts or Theatre Management or equivalent experience in the performing arts. Preferred proficiency in Salesforce or CRM databases, QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite, and MAC; website knowledge is a plus.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Keep 4th Wall Theatre’s Mission at the core of every decision and action.
• Ensure the ethical treatment of anyone who works at, or comes into contact with 4th Wall Theatre.
• Create an environment of excellence at every level.
Management and Operations
• Steward the organization’s human, financial, and technological resources.
• Oversee and build on the current operating plan, which focuses on aggressively fulfilling the mission of paying theatrical artists a living wage through development and the building of a reserve.
• Create long-term strategic plans with the Artistic Staff and Board.
• Identify strategies, and implement opportunities to increase earned revenue opportunities.
• Maintain the company’s administrative calendar.
• Insure communication and understanding between Artistic Staff, Administrative Staff, and Board.
• Provide leadership, direction, mentorship, and oversight to build a fundraising strategy, plan, and goals.
• Meet all fundraising goals.
• Identify appropriate funding opportunities.
• Edit and guide grant writing, individual, and corporate appeals.
• Provide leadership for fundraising activities of the Board.
• Serve as one of the chief spokespersons and advocate for the organization.
• Manage and create press releases for organizational messaging.
• Manage all aspects of subscription, single ticket, and group ticket sales.
• Take a leadership role in continuing the three-year increase in subscribers.
• Manage and create social media messaging.
• Manage creation of and dissemination of marketing messages and print material.
• Work closely with the Board to ensure fiscal health and effective policy setting, community ambassadorship, and general governance of the organization.
• Assist the nominating committee in prospect identification and cultivation.
• Provide guidance that best utilizes the talents and resources of the Board.
• Orient, educate, and engage Board members to maximize their effectiveness.
• Oversee the implementation of the development strategy.
• Oversee the fiscal soundness of the organization, including preparing, reporting, and monitoring annual operating budgets with a view toward long-term stability.
• Monitor and authorize expenditures; with the bookkeeping consultants, prepare updated monthly projections, monthly financial statements, and weekly cash flow projections for the Board.
• With the accounting consultant, prepare annual 990 reports.
• Negotiate contracts with artists, unions, and vendors.
• Maintain the appropriate infrastructure to support artists, board, staff, and volunteers.
• Oversee administration to ensure organization is effectively staffed.
• Recruit high caliber staff, provide leadership and motivation, and ensure that staff has the support and information they need to make sound decisions.
• Evaluate staff performance annually or as needed.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive compensation package will be commensurate with experience, including health, vacation, holiday, and sick pay.
Send resume and cover letter to both: firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com.